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  1. ShaunCG
    April 6, 2011

    Thanks for the heads up on this – I’ve not heard of it before. I’ll follow the website for a bit and see if the writing tastes nice…

  2. ShaunCG
    April 6, 2011

    (Also, yes, ugh, scoring systems. They’re for people with low levels of reading comprehension, right?)

  3. Gregg B
    April 6, 2011

    Ahh, the London Underground map. A thing of beauty. If only London looked that tidy.

    Me and my girlfriend discuss spaces sometimes because she has difficulty ‘building’ them in her mind. I remember when she took me to the university gardens in Oxford (where she’s lived most of her life, no not in the gardens, in Oxford silly) and when we decided to leave she didn’t know where we’d came in from. I insisted that we’d walked past a particular tree and from a certain angle and she was adamant we’d came in elsewhere. I was right, and I’d never been there before. I’ve watched her walk through the same room over and over again in System Shock 2 and not realise she’d been there before. I remember her leaving a building in Resident Evil 4, walking across the courtyard in front of it, turning around and looking at said building as if it was a totally different one; merely turning around had disoriented her. It seems as though her head doesn’t map anything as she moves around so these virtual (sometimes real) spaces just slosh about. I find it fascinating, if a little irritating to watch ;-)

    More OT: gah. More things to read?

  4. HM
    April 6, 2011

    I’m some way through Issue 3 and I’m still finding it to my liking… I’ll probably write it up in a few weeks or so.

    Gregg, you should totally write up your gf’s map blindness under the heading “Women Can’t Read Maps For Shit”. It would work well as part of a series of articles called “The Outrageous Sexists”.

  5. badger commader
    April 7, 2011

    Man, it is difficult to balance that sort of thing, the fact that you are finding highs and lows might be indicating that it is hitting enough different points. Although the interviews going nowhere is one of the reasons I stopped reading them unless they involve Swery65, Keita Takahashi or Clint Hocking.

    As for the score thing, meh, if you are trying to make money then you have to go where there are hits. I really, really hate Metacritic.

  6. badger commader
    April 7, 2011

    Shit, I need that ‘Toxic Genesis does what Nintendon’t’ T-Shirt.

  7. HM
    April 7, 2011

    I’m reading everything out of completeness, just like I do with the internet. Only 6 billion pages left to go.

    Another preview of issue #3: the interview with Al Lowe is a lot of fun – and this is coming from someone who has never played any of the Leisure Suit Larry games.

  8. Steerpike
    April 7, 2011

    Agreed 100%, HM. I like Kill Screen, I think it does fill a worthwhile niche, but not everything in there is perfect yet. Great production values and intellectual/scholarly writing about games is something the industry and art form need. And despite the digification of everything, there’s a cachet and gravitas to the print medium.

  9. BeamSplashX
    April 8, 2011

    If I had the disposable income, I’d be big into appreciating quality magazines (and this article would’ve added Kill Screen to my collection). Hardcore Gaming 101’s blog is host to a good deal of magazine reviewing, since obviously you can never have enough web catch-up.


  10. HM
    April 8, 2011

    @Steerpike: Are you tempted to contribute?

    @BeamSplashX: On the up-side, having no disposable income means you actually get to play games. I just get to read and write about them. Well, that’s not true, is it? I managed to play Christine Love’s new one this week and got something substantial written up on “don’t take it personally babe it ain’t about you”.

  11. Steerpike
    April 8, 2011

    HM: I am tempted though I haven’t gone through the motions of getting in touch with them yet. I’ve been buried under “writing scholarly shit about games” for like a year and a half now and I need to take a break, write about, like, boobs and stuff.

    “don’t take it personally babe” is an incredible game. The RPS review made a great point about ages of consent in various parts of the world. Anyone who hasn’t played it should. It has a lot to say, and it can be very moving.

  12. HM
    April 9, 2011

    Steerpike, if there’s one thing Electron Dance has a blind spot for, it’s definitely boobs. I can see I’m missing a category here.

    I love “don’t take it personally” – some of the characterisation and writing is really excellent – and have some problems with it. Well, I’ll rip into it wholesale next week. No point giving away my secrets three days in advance.

  13. BeamSplashX
    April 10, 2011

    My blog welcomes you back, by the way. I’m only saying that here for the whole world to see that Harbour Master is a man that makes good on his promises, esquire.

  14. Ben Abraham
    April 15, 2011

    I’ll confess, I scanned this post for mention of my article in issue 2. Alas, alack, no such luck! I won’t hold it against you though (not for long anyway). Issue 2 was really good, and it gave me a real sense that this was a magazine with a real reason to exist.

    Yep! That’s right, I was really sceptical when it started but just look at me now…

  15. HM
    April 15, 2011

    Ben. Confession accepted. You are absolved, my son.

    I was secretly harbouring a grudge against your FUEL article because I put one on Electron Dance around the same time KS #2 was published. Of course, mine wasn’t about the Australian outback. BUT STILL.

  16. Ben Abraham
    April 16, 2011

    Can we have turn the grudge into a blood feud? I’ve always wanted a writing nemesis but everyone who writes about games is too nice in person to hold a proper hatred against. Yep, even the douchy writers tend to be nice people.

  17. HM
    April 17, 2011

    I might be up for a blood feud, I’ll have to check my diary. However, anyone who read The Aspiration will now I’m a total wuss in real life. I work on a trading desk, though, so maybe that counts for something.

    I have already got you lined up for a mention in an article I’ve been mulling over for three months. So you can brace yourself for an attack that is both outrageous and insulting.

    (well, probably not)

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